Love Your Liver
No Question: Your Liver Is One Of Your Most Powerful Yet Most Abused Organs
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The liver is your chief “detox” organ. It eliminates environmental poisons. If your liver didn’t continually remove metabolic trash and toxins from your blood, you would be dead in a matter of days.
Think of the liver as a vast and complex chemical factory: that’s its job, to make biotransformations in blood-borne substances which pass through it. The liver is our largest organ and a huge flow of blood is processed and cleaned by it every living moment. Older folks talk about feeling “liverish”, meaning toxic and out of sorts. That’s when the liver is not doing its job as efficiently as it should, either because of disease or overload.
The liver is also the largest gland in the body. The liver is considered a gland because, among its various functions, it manufactures and secretes bile. Bile is needed for the absorption and digestion of fats in the gut. The bile is also used as an important excretion route, to rid the body of toxins. Heavy metals, notably mercury, are mainly removed this way.